Sunday, January 21, 2007

Snowflakes fall like velvet from iron-colored skies

I've been meaning to chat you up all week about my New York trip. I have SO MUCH to say, but for some reason it's this morning's run that finally has me pulling up a chair to our table. You don't mind that I put on my Lush Mask of Magnaminty for our little tete-a- tete, do you? You're a doll. Anyway, six miles on a chilly Sunday morning, what's so special about that? I can almost hear you asking. Well, add about three inches of snow to that picture, with more coming down, and you get a better feeling for why I'm basking in the afterglow of giddy. Exhilarating!

I admit that after dressing for the run, always a delicate balance between form and function (while one likes to have the proper mix of wicking and wind protection, one also likes to look pretty), I was a bit nonplussed to find that the snow was a good bit deeper than I'd anticipated. My thoughts turned to cold ankles and the sore muscles I'd get from all the slipping and sliding, but I forged on, rationalizing that I could always turn back. So glad I didn't. The path was untracked but for me and the birds and the bunnies, y'all. I'll forgive you if you pictured me in Snow White garb for a second. I did. It was cold and blustery, but it was also gorgeous and serene as I tramped along in the insulating quiet of the snow. As I said, exhilarating. If you want some idea, let your big dog out in the snow and watch.

I did the whole run, about six miles, and I think part of the pleasure was just that. I can. It's cold, the footing is slippery, I'm 41 years old, and I can knock out six miles with my heart soaring more than pounding. OK. You can smack the wholesomeness out of me now.

20 comments:

freakgirl said...

That sounds beautiful.

Jen said...

It does sound like a lovely run, and the snow is pretty today. I was never that big of a runner, only did one season of cross country in school, but I do miss the ability to do it. Sometimes I still run in my dreams.

How'd the mask work out?

Michael said...

Freakgirl, it WAS beautiful and I'm glad I went when I did. It's raining and slushy now.

Jen, LOVED the mask. It got SO tight! Call me deluded, but I swear my expression lines are visibly reduced. As for running in your dreams, that sounds lovely. I hired a rent-boy in my dream last night.

Ah, my two girls commenting. Believe me when I say that you two would enjoy each other so much more than either of you enjoyed me. And I'm pretty damn good.

freakgirl said...

I can't wait to meet Jen. It will be quite a day, I imagine.

Is that mask the greatest or what? When I went back there on Friday I bought another tub of it, as well as more cuticle stuff. Yum yum lemon.

savante said...

Obviously running in the freezing snow puts you in a good mood :)

Michael Guy said...

I'm seeing the 'Snow White' imagery and liking what I see. "SIX MILES"?! I am going back to bed now.

Bluebunny said...

Okay - I have to try this mask. I have heard too many wonderful things about it. Does Lush have a website?

Michael said...

Bluebunny, yes, they do!

www.lush.com

Also, I just noticed their stuff is available through Amazon. The mask is great and I'm loving the Coalface soap and the Happy Talk lip balm and...... ;-)

Bluebunny said...

Okay - I just spent a ridiculous amount of money in like 10 minutes.

Michael said...

It's all Freakgirl's fault!

But you'll love it.

charlie said...

I'll smack the wholesomness out of you.

Anonymous said...

I've been to the Lush store in Toronto. The smell was enough to induce migraine, it was so strong. But before I escaped to the relative pure city air, I snagged some goodies for a Lush addicted friend of mine.

Jammies said...

*sigh*

Alas, Lush North America has just raised all of their prices by 10%.

Loved the snow imagery though--I'm a snow lover from my early years.

Michael said...

Charlie, well bring it, Southern boy.

Sherri and Jammies, the LUSH post brings all the girls to the yard. (You know, like, sung to the tune of Kelis' "Milkshake".)

freakgirl said...

Enjoy the LUSH, peoples!

I should get some kickbacks for all the advertising I do for them. I used the mask today, too.

Michael said...

When I had that mask on yesterday, I swear I felt like Katherine Helmond in Brazil.

Michael said...

PS I just finished buffing out my nails so they'd be all smooth and receptive for the Lemony Flutter cuticle butter. Whee!

Jammies said...

It wasn't the Lush post so much as Sherri following Michael Guy and then asking me "WTF is a Mask of Magnaminty?"

Upon further reading, I see that you are a fellow Buckeye. Nice to meet you. :)

Michael said...

Oh! Thanks for stopping, jammies. I'll have to check out your blog before I ask too many questions, but I'm just north of Dayton. You?

Jammies said...

Just north of Akron.

I went to UD for a year, back when dinosaurs roamed the planet.